How to Support Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

Thankfully, there are a lot of resources deployed already to help Southwest Florida communities - including Sarasota - recover from the devastating damage of Hurricane Ian. There are many people in need throughout our region, and your support of those affected by the storm is meaningful. If you are able to donate financially, please be vigilant about supporting a credible organization whose resources are assured to go to those who need assistance. There are also many local organizations welcoming volunteers to help with clearing debris, facilitating shelter operations, and assisting residents in need.

The relief organizations that we specifically support include the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and local churches and charities where we have personal connections.

The American Red Cross is the most well-known disaster relief organization and is trusted internationally for the efficiency and effectiveness of its service before, during, and after crises that include weather events like Hurricane Ian. Making a donation is as simple as clicking here. The Red Cross also encourages blood donation, an often forgotten way to share life-saving resources that are essential during emergencies of every kind.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency services. In our region, Team Rubicon has been on the ground clearing routes and debris. This organization welcomes financial support and volunteer participation. Learn more here.

In addition to these large organizations, there are many local enterprises that are gathering resources to assist those in need. Local churches that are accepting donations and serving as distribution centers for relief supplies include:

Grace Community Church

First Sarasota - The Downtown Baptist Church

CoastLife Church

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